Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Camphorweed Triumphant

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Fully open flower head of camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris.

This is what a camphorweed looks like when its rays are fully extended. Of all the camphorweed flower heads I’ve come upon in recent years, few were spread out as wide as this one at Austin’s former Mueller Airport three days ago, so I felt compelled to make a portrait of what I saw as a prairie pinwheel and mandala.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

(For those interested in technique, see points 2 and 4 in About My Techniques.)

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  1. It has been interesting to see its different phases!


    July 11, 2011 at 10:19 PM

  2. Vibrant color!


    July 12, 2011 at 5:42 AM

  3. […] thing that caught my attention was dozens of flowers of a plant that appeared several times in the early days of this blog in July: camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris. This species is known to bloom in Austin from the spring […]

  4. […] daubs of yellow in the background were from the many flower heads of camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris, in the […]

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